I ran across this ticket stub after going through some of my dad’s stuff he threw in the top dresser drawer and forgot about if for over half a century. Apparently dad went to a Cubs home opener at Wrigley on 4/21/1950. On the back he wrote down the score and the Cubs starting pitcher.
This post will do a data dump look see into this game.
Looks like the Feds put a 21 cent tax on a $1.25 ticket. No state or city amusement tax yet back then. This is the second of only 5 games Cubs played in April 1950. Aprils can be cold in Chicago and elsewhere. Since we’re at the beginning of the season rankings, WAA calculation and tiering cannot be done so there’s not much to see in terms of handicapping this game.
GAME 195004210 SLN CHN
Total Bases (TB) provides context to the Hits column. Although Cubs had one less hit than Cardinals, both teams had equal total bases which could have been a factor in Cubs scoring those two runs. The clickable web site will allow for navigation into events for this game.
As my dad wrote on the back of his ticket stub, Bob Rush started this game for the Cubs with the Cardinals starting the veteran Harry Brecheen. Right now, at the start of the season, there isn’t enough data to evaluate these two pitchers. Since we’re from the future however let’s look at their careers.
Pretty decent career with his best year 1952. The 1950 season will be his career year when that season ends.
Brecheen had a better career with his best year in 1948.
HITTERS SLN 195004210
PITCHERS SLN 195004210
HITTERS CHN 195004210
The baseball-handbook.com web site will allow for one click navigation to any of these players.
PITCHERS CHN 195004210
Update: There’s a discrepancy in hits given up by Rush (4) and the number of hits SLN made (3). The game logs show 4 but reading the event data I only see 3. Box scores are derived from event data. Stan Musial hit what they call a single bunt after a double where the runner on second got thrown out at third. I don’t think that’s considered a hit but the scorekeeper might have. Doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme.
Starters for both teams pitched complete games which was normal back then. This reduces the importance of relief during this era in baseball. More on that later. Here’s how the 1950 season ended for the Cubs and Cardinals.
Both teams bottom of the pack which will become a common place for the Cubs to be for the next almost two decades. We’re sill using the three letter franchise codes. In 1950 LAN was Brooklyn Dodgers, ATL Boston Braves, and SFN was New York Giants. Franchise codes are used internally in the database but official names could be used for display purposes.
That’s all for now. The above is a work in progress presentation of a game data dump. Spring training new guys post coming soon as I hear they started already. Until then .,…